Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1872. First Edition, First State. 292pp. Octavo [21 cm] Brown cloth with the title gilt stamped on the backstrip. About very good. Crown and foot of backstrip bumped. Textbook slightly rolled. Front board gently rubbed. Item #8499
Clarence King, the man Henry Adams called "the best and brightest of his generation," worked with the California Geological Survey from 1863 until 1867, when he became the head of the Fortieth Parallel Survey. For the better part of a decade he worked among the peaks of the high Sierra, pioneering as a surveyor and mountain climber. This account of his adventures is one of the first accounts of serious mountaineering in the West. Best of the West 184. Cowan p. 328. Eberstadt 107: 222. Graff 2329. Howes K148. Zamorano Eighty: 47.